No Harm Done And No Need To Rerun School Lottery, Nashville Officials Say

No Harm Done And No Need To Rerun School Lottery, Nashville Officials Say
Nashville Prep students go to class from 7:30 to 5:00 and also have more instructional days than traditional schools. Credit: Nashville Prep via Instagram

A bug in Metro Schools' lottery system resulted in a few hundred families getting seats in several different schools instead of just one. But district officials say there was no harm and no need for a re-do.

Continue Reading

Glitches Take Down Nashville’s School Lottery

Glitches Take Down Nashville’s School Lottery
Four of the nine seats on the Metro Schools board of education are on the August ballot. Only one seat has no incumbent. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

More than 13,000 families in Nashville are still waiting to hear if they got into the school they wanted for next year. A website announcing results of the school lottery was published Friday and then taken down over the weekend after glitches emerged.

Continue Reading

President Obama Wants Tennessee Promise To Go Nationwide, But What Is It, Anyway?

President Obama Wants Tennessee Promise To Go Nationwide, But What Is It, Anyway?
Students at Red Bank High School in Red Bank, Tenn., raise their hands at the governor's signing of the Tennessee Promise Bill. Credit: TN Photo Services

As President Obama rolls out the details of a national free community college proposal, Tennessee’s version has been thrust into the spotlight. We've been covering Tennessee Promise since it launched late last summer. Here's how it works, in 54 seconds:

Continue Reading

Vandy Press Finds A Hit In The Story Of A Basketball Civil Rights Trailblazer

Vandy Press Finds A Hit In The Story Of A Basketball Civil Rights Trailblazer
To put the success of Strong Inside in context, Betsy Phillips says initial numbers show Vanderbilt University Press' December sales figures were roughly what they'd expect for an entire financial quarter. Credit: Nina Cardona, WPLN

When universities publish books, they’re usually only read by a handful of scholars. But the true account of how a Nashville’s Perry Wallace integrated SEC basketball is breaking that mold.

Continue Reading

Tennessee GOP Support For Obama’s Free Community College Plan Is Lukewarm So Far

Tennessee GOP Support For Obama’s Free Community College Plan Is Lukewarm So Far
President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College to introduce "America's College Promise," a free community college program. Credit: WhiteHouse.gov

As President Obama announced his free community college plan in Knoxville today, he was joined by top Republican lawmakers. But this doesn’t necessarily mean Obama’s proposal is getting bipartisan support.

Continue Reading

Little Jimmy Dickens Remembered As ‘The Heart Of The Grand Ole Opry’

Little Jimmy Dickens Remembered As ‘The Heart Of The Grand Ole Opry’
Dickens final Opry performance was on December 20, as part of his birthday celebration. He performed regularly on the weekly show, playing songs like 'May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose' and participating in comedy bits. Credit Anne Swoboda via Flickr

Little Jimmy Dickens’ hat, boots and guitar held center stage of the Grand Ole Opry today as the country music community said a final goodbye to one of their mainstays.

Continue Reading

Record Number Of Nashville Families Trying To Get Into Schools They’re Not Zoned For

Record Number Of Nashville Families Trying To Get Into Schools They’re Not Zoned For
Metro Nashville Public Schools rebranded many of its high school reforms in recent years under the "Academies" program. The "Middle Prep" project is a similar effort to help describe some reforms already in place and others that are completely new. Credit: MNPS via Instagram

Decision day comes Friday for 13,300 families in Nashville. That's how many students have applied to attend a school other than the one that's closer to home.

Continue Reading

Obama To Propose A Free Community College Plan Similar To Tennessee Promise

Obama To Propose A Free Community College Plan Similar To Tennessee Promise
President Obama addresses a small group at Casa Azafran in South Nashville. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

In President Obama’s third visit to Tennessee in the past year, he will be announcing a proposal that would make community college free for all Americans. "We also have make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits," he said in a video Thursday night.

Continue Reading

200 Years Ago, Battle Of New Orleans Began Andrew Jackson’s Drive To White House

200 Years Ago, Battle Of New Orleans Began Andrew Jackson’s Drive To White House
H.B. Ball's engraving of the battle scene shows General Jackson at the center, surrounded by his relatively inexperienced soldiers. Jackson had fought briefly in the Revolutionary War as a 13 year old. Before taking command at New Orleans, he'd lead military efforts to drive Native Americans off of contested land in the South. Credit: National Archives and Records Administration

On January 8, 1815, Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson lead a ragtag group of American soldiers to an unlikely victory in the Battle of New Orleans. Nobody could have known it at the time, but that win propelled Jackson to become the first self-made man in the White House and helped him change the nature of presidential campaigns.

Continue Reading

If There’s A Seatbelt Law For Tennessee School Buses, Who Gets A Ticket?

If There’s A Seatbelt Law For Tennessee School Buses, Who Gets A Ticket?
Tennessee school buses are not required to have seat belts. Law enforcement officials ask how a seat belt law might be enforced. Credit: Bill McChesney via Flickr

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has some unanswered questions about a proposed law requiring seat belts on school buses. After a deadly bus collision in Knoxville, legislators immediately began calling for lap restraints.

Continue Reading
Close Menu